recognize rec‧og‧nize [ˈrekəgnaɪz, ˈrekən-] also recognise verb [transitive]
1. to know who a person is or what something is, or to know something about them as soon as you see them or hear their name:

• How will investors recognize the bottom of the market when it comes?

2. to accept officially that an organization, government etc has legal or official authority:

• The US refuses to recognize the country's military government.

3. to accept and admit that something is true:

• The plan simply fails to recognize the difficulty and the time required to increase production.

4. ACCOUNTING to show something at a particular amount, in a particular way etc in a company's accounts:

• The company said it will recognize a pretax gain of about $23 million from the sale of the subsidiary.

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recognize UK US also UK recognise) /ˈrekəgnaɪz/ verb [T]
to know what something is because you have seen it before, or because you have heard or read about it: »

Managers failed to recognize the symptoms as quickly as they should.


More and more people are beginning to recognize our logo.

to accept that something is true or important: »

We need to recognize the value of staff training and development.

recognize that »

They failed to recognize that more investment was needed.

to praise or reward someone for what they have done: »

His contribution to the project is recognized in all the reports.

recognize sb for sth »

The award was created to recognize photographers for outstanding work.

to accept officially that a person or an organization has authority to do things, usually because they can achieve an acceptable standard: recognize sth as sth »

The school has not yet been recognized as an official training centre.


They refused to recognize the interim government.

IT if a machine recognizes something, it is able to read it electronically and get information: »

The device recognises the bar code and records the price.


He was the inventor of an early machine to recognize handwriting.

ACCOUNTING to calculate a number or amount in a particular way so that it can be included in a company's accounts: »

The most common system is to recognize revenue when the invoice is issued.


The school finance system fails to recognise the costs of meeting required standards.


They are not required to recognize in their financial statements any short-term declines in the value of stock.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Recognize — Rec og*nize, v. i. (Law) To enter an obligation of record before a proper tribunal; as, A B recognized in the sum of twenty dollars. [Written also {recognise}.] [1913 Webster] Note: In legal usage in the United States the second syllable is often …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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